Sally Hernando Innovation Award Winners 2017

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation.

The three winners were selected by Maria J Grant, editor of the Health Libraries and Information Journal, from the top ten entries voted for by regional judges from NHS Library and Knowledge Services across England.

1st prize goes to Samantha Unamboowe, Library Manager at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust – North West London for her project “Multi-Disciplinary Clinical Innovations Database @ RBHT”.

  • Maria Grant commented “This project exemplifies everything you could hope for from the Sally Hernando Innovation Award by mobilising existing organisational knowledge and expertise with the goal of improving patient care. It works within existing technological structures and builds on local collaborations within the Foundation Trust.”

2nd prize goes to Beth Rawson of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for “The Online Research @ Derby Archive (ORDA)”.

  • Maria Grant commented: “Beth’s project speaks directly to the aspirations of the Knowledge for Healthcare Programme in terms of mobilising evidence and organisational knowledge. ORDA uses Open Access Protocols to capture, store and preserve research outputs to respond to increase the exposure of organisational research activities.”

3rd prize goes to Angela Young of Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for the “30 Day Research Support Challenge”.

  • Maria Grant commented: “Angela’s project draws on the current trends of fitness challenges and gamification to support library staff development in enhancing knowledge and understanding of research needs of clinical and academic library users. She highlights the continued availability of resources beyond the initial 30 days of training module and presents learning points for future developments.”

The full details of these entries, together with the other innovation entries submitted in 2017 and from previous years, can be found on the library services website.  2017 entries have also been added to the Innovations Database and can be searched there.

Congratulations to our winners who will be funded to present their innovations at Health Libraries Group or an equivalent conference to help disseminate their great work.

We encourage NHS Library and Knowledge Services to start work now on recording and evaluating their innovations for the next submission round.

Dominic Gilroy       – NHS LKS Development Manager – Yorkshire and the Humber
Joanne Naughton – NHS LKS Development Manager – North East

Emerging Technologies Group

Ahh statistics.  The mere mention of that ‘word’ sends mortals reaching for top right (top left if you are a Mac user) of the tab, projecting this entry into the ethereal realms of digital oblivion.  Or underneath a steamroller if you are that way inclined.

Therefore, no statistics shall be mentioned (or harmed) in this post.  Instead, I will talk about a theme emerging (a word you will hear lots of today) from Michael Cook’s report.  Responders to a recent survey distributed chose ‘Emerging Technologies’ (yep, that’s that word again) as one of their library development needs.

What does it all mean I hear you wail?  In a walnut shell, the LKS staff would really really like:

* how can technologies be used to benefit the library services

* what do you mean by emerging tech

* how do I get to know about these emerging techs  Do not fear.

A new group called Emergent Technology Group is here (group name currently a placeholder, a more awesome name is in the works).

We will help you by demystifying weird techie lingos, keep you up to date with cool tech stuff as well as what is already out there for you to use straight away in your library services.  This techie fandangle group is so shiny and new, we are still in the process of identifying various mundane logistic stuff, so please bear with us (rawwr) and do watch out for further news from us.  In the meantime, I humbly invite you all to drop myself or any other members of the group an email should you have comments, ideas, questions or just to share some tasty recipes with us.

One last thing.  The brilliant shiny people in this group are:

Stephen Ayre (George Eliot Hospital)

YiWen Hon (Royal Marsden Hospital)

Catherine Micklethwaite (Torbay and South Devon)

Alexandra Williams (Warrington and Halton Hospital)

Me. (Pennine Care)


We will also try not to mention robots too much.

David Low


Update: Though statistics were not harmed in the blog, they were slightly bruised.  Therefore here’s a digital wormhole to Michael Cook’s drilled down report, where the numbers welcome your visit with open metaphorical arms.

#AMillionDecisions Update

We know from last week’s hugely successful #UKMedLibs chat that we have strong support from the sector for #AMillionDecisions.  Furthermore, we have highly influential and senior stakeholders within the NHS as enthusiastic and committed advocates for our work as healthcare librarians and knowledge specialists.

Working in partnership, CILIP and HEE had been looking to hold an event for senior stakeholders next month. However, given the central importance of securing high-level participation from the centre, we have now chosen to schedule a new event in April/May 2018 around the availability of key policy stakeholders.

Meanwhile, we are delighted to continue to work in partnership with CILIP, with Health Libraries Group and health librarians across the sector. Going forward, the ask is that together we build on the momentum of #AMillionDecisions as a channel to promote the positive impact of the difference that our staff and services make, from the Boardroom to the bedside.

Sue Lacey Bryant and Louise Goswami